After a spring to hot and cold weather,
summer has arrived with heat and humidity. Many members are
busy working on their last year of Atlasing for the county.
A Sedge Wren was reported by Christine
Guarino on NYSBIRDS on
May 18th. Ken McDermott reported seeing it on May 19th
and many club members had gone over to see this
rare wren. Christine found it at Hartcourt Wildlife Sanctuary in New Paltz singing
and busy building a nest. Her last post on June 16 said it had not been seen
in the past 2 days.
Valerie Freer posted on NYSBIRDS a male
Kentucky Warbler found on May 13 by Barbara Butler, Carena
Pooth and herself near
Bashakill on Stonefield Rd. It was still
there on May 22nd during our club Saturday field trip to Bashakill. See field
trip report write up.
Speaking of Kentucky Warblers, a male
Kentucky Warbler was heard by myself on Friday, May 14 and
again on the May
Census - May 15th at Vassar Farms. I went
back on May 25th and found it singing in a new area than previous years. It was
in trees past the dump road that had a small stream - making it a wet area which
they like. It was last seen on May 29th by Barbara Mansell, Liz Martens and Sue
Joseph. The first Kentucky Warbler found at Vassar Farms was in May 1999 and
has been seen every year since. It has not found a mate that we can find to confirm
them for the Breeding Bird Atlas. Ken McDermott called to say he heard a Kentucky
Warbler on May 26th at Norrie Point while birding there.
On May 14th I also found a Brewster’s
Warbler in the same nearby trees as the Kentucky Warbler.
It was being chased by 2 Blue-winged Warblers. On May
29th Barbara Mansell, Liz and Sue tried to find the Brewster’s Warbler
but were not successful. They did find a female Golden-winged Warbler there instead.
That was quite a find. We have had Golden-winged Warblers at Vassar on May 2001
and again in May 2002. I think the Breeding Bird Atlasing has helped find birds
not always reported or found.
On May 28th a Lawrence’s Warbler was found on private property by Bob Bowler
on Prospect Hill Rd. and not relocated the next day.
Do enjoy the summer and birding throughout Dutchess County.
Please remember to report any breeding evidence you find to
(or use our handy
online form) if you are not working on a Breeding Bird